Shade-Loving Shrubs for Your Region

Fine Gardening – Issue 210
Clockwise from left: 'Alice' oakleaf hydrangea, coralberry, and 'Knaptonensis' Japanese cedar, Photos:

Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But these structural wonders are essential in giving our shady beds and borders depth and real presence.

Whether you’re looking for colorful foliage, fabulous flowers, or out-of-this-world texture, there is sure to be at least one shade-loving shrub that will fit the bill. To help us hunt down these elusive garden treasures, we asked regional experts to pick out their four favorite shrubs for shade. Check out some sensational selections for your region below, and discover even more shade-loving shrubs in this episode of the Let’s Argue About Plants podcast.


More regional shrubs picks:

Drought-Tolerant Shrubs for Your Region

Tough as Nails Shrubs for Your Region

Shrubs for Small Space in Your Region